We are passionate about our Youth Program at DVLC. We believe that every young person who comes through our door can and will be an important and successful member of their community. We assist students to reach the goals they set for themselves; in their vocation, in family life and other relationships.
We recognise that most of our young people are in the process of healing from some kind of trauma, and our role is to support this healing journey. Our teachers are experienced and focus on the strengths that each person brings to the table. When students have the opportunity to shine and develop their personal strengths, they are also able to grow academically. Students who have not been adequately supported in traditional school environments can thrive and meet their goals at DVLC.
VCAL is a recognised senior secondary qualification designed to improve basic Literacy, Numeracy, Work and Personal Development Skills based on students’ own Individual Learning Plans. A key feature of the program is Pathways and students are guided through career and employment planning. Our students have gone on to jobs in a variety of industries including childcare, photography, building, automotive, retail, hospitality, animal care, security, administration, hair and beauty and more.
We offer a full VCAL Program (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning):
Our subjects include Personal Development and Work Related Skills, Literacy, Numeracy and a range of short courses and enrichment activities such as resilience, art projects and excursions to workplaces (we recently visited a farm in Portarlington where our students painted a shipping container in lively rainbow colours!). Students study core subjects in scheduled classes for four days a week. The common denominator in all that we teach is how we teach it; with great care, confidence in our young people, and respect.
What is special about the DVLC VCAL program?
We are a friendly adult education centre where you will be treated with respect by staff and students. The classes are small and taught by teachers who believe in making learning a safe and enjoyable experience that builds confidence and happiness as well as important academic skills. Students quickly learn that school can be fun and it is safe to ask questions and to try new things. Our teachers care about and respond to each student’s interests and our hands-on learning, plus our many events and excursions, add even more interest.
Students tell us they appreciate having their questions answered in a way they understand; having the work explained well and feeling that their teachers really care about them and respect them. Some students say this is the first time in many years they have felt that they are really learning.
You can read our current Student Handbook here.
Make an appointment for a ‘Meet and Greet’ with our Greensborough based VCAL Coordinator, Tracey Wood.
We would be happy to assist.
(03) 9435 9060